Health Editor’s Note: When you think Trump could not get more petty/incompetent/stupid, well, he can always outdo himself in that/those department (s). No coronavirus aid to states who have sanctuary city policies?. …Carol
Trump wants to use coronavirus aid as leverage to force blue states to change immigration policies
by Katelyn Burns/Vox
In an authoritarian twist, President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he’s looking to condition coronavirus economic relief for blue states on complying with the administration’s immigration policy goals.
In remarks to reporters at a White House event with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Trump said he’d be willing to give economic aid to Democratically controlled state governments, but he wants them to do something for him first — bend their sanctuary city policies to align with the administration’s desired policy.
Trump said he was only open to helping some states financially cover losses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think there’s a big difference with a state that lost money because of Covid and a state that’s been run very badly for 25 years,” he said.
He then mentioned sates with sanctuary city policies.
“We’d have to talk about things like sanctuary cities, as an example. I think sanctuary cities is something that has to be brought up where people who are criminals are protected, they are protected from prosecution,” he told reporters, despite sanctuary city policies having nothing to do with the pandemic. “I think that has to be done. I think it’s one of the problems that the states have. …read more: